Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Haunted hotels

With Halloween approaching, what better time for those in the United States to get yourself a REAL haunt by staying at a haunted hotel?

Autumn is the perfect time, in my opinion, to try out a new haunt. Dry leaves rustle outside the windows; the air is sharp and scented with wood smoke; the full moon highlights increasingly bare branches.

With haunted lodging so popular, and advertised so well, chances are excellent that there's a place near you where you can take a weekend break or a longer vacation. Haunted hotels are all over the U.S., and you should be able to find one within your affordability range. Some of the larger hotels also offer ghost tours as part of their services (though not all tours are included in the price of your stay).

This link will provide you with information on hotels, prices, locations, and best of all, ghost stories from the hotels!

Enjoy your frightful night.

Monday, September 7, 2009

The Haunted Mansion

This is my favorite ride at Disneyland. It's not the scariest haunted attraction I've ever visited, but it's very enjoyable, and I like the fact that you can ride through it, rather than walking.

Persistent rumor had it that the Haunted Mansion used to be so scary that a guest suffered a heart attack brought on by fright, and the ride was closed for some time while workers changed it. In reality, the opening of the Mansion was delayed by the death of Walt Disney in 1966. There have never been any fright-induced heart attacks in the ride.

As befits a haunted attraction, another rumor states that the Mansion really is haunted. The story is that a woman wanted to scatter her the ashes of her little boy in the ride, because he loved it so much. When permission was refused, she did it anyway. Guests have reported seeing a little boy crying near the exit.

The ghost of an adult man has also been seen, actually riding in one of the "Doom Buggies", like the hitchhiking ghosts near the end of the ride.